Ministers try walking in shoes of blind people

MLAs Lord Morrow with Greg, Kieran McCarthy with George, Roy Beggs with Folly, Stephen Agnew with Petra and John Dallat with Alex take on the challenge of walking with guide dog

MLAs Lord Morrow with Greg, Kieran McCarthy with George, Roy Beggs with Folly, Stephen Agnew with Petra and John Dallat with Alex take on the challenge of walking with guide dog

MLAs took part in an innovative scheme yesterday in which they experienced life at Stormont as blind people would.

Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann participated in the Guide Dogs NI ‘Walk a Mile in our Shoes’ event in which they wore blindfolds while being guided through a short route, crossing roads and negotiating steps and obstacles. Pupils from Lagan College, Methodist College and Aquinas Grammar helped guide the junior ministers through the course.

Mr Bell said: “I have known a friend of my mum’s, Elizabeth, for 35 years and have the utmost respect for her. She is blind and would come to our house often on Sundays and read her Bible in Braille. For a young person in primary three to see that is quite inspirational.

 

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